A Community Maps its Resources

“We now realize and understand the value of our resources which we were never aware of before.” -Thet Ye Winn, member of Kalubar Village Development . . .

Myanmar Human Rights Activist Denied Bail Despite Deteriorating Health

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Valentina Stackl (USA)
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A Myanmar court denied bail for the second time to human rights activist Khaing Myo Htun on Friday. EarthRights International (ERI) condemns that decision and calls for his charges to be dropped.

“Khaing Myo Htun is suffering from health problems, as a letter from his doctor which was submitted to the judge states. We are deeply disappointed by the decision, because of which Khaing Myo Htun’s health will continue to deteriorate,” said Ka Hsaw Wa, Executive Director at ERI.

Myanmar: Say ‘No’ to Coal and Big Hydropower

A network of Civil Society Organizations released a statement urging the National League for Democracy (NLD) government to completely abandon plans for coal and big . . .

Another Disaster for Thilawa Villagers

I am walking on the muddy long road under the gray sky. The wind is blowing wild and free and smells like wet earth. The . . .

Customary Land Use Practices Need Protection Under Myanmar Law

Successive governments in Myanmar have confiscated land for development projects with little regard for formal legal processes and without the Free, Prior and Informed Consent . . .

Court Should Dismiss Charges Against Human Rights Activist Khaing Myo Htun

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Valentina Stackl (USA)
+1 (202) 466 5188 x100
[email protected]

Yesterday, human rights activist Khaing Myo Htun and his legal counsel EarthRights International (ERI), asked the Sittwe High Court to have the charges he faces dismissed for abuse of process. The charges have no legal standing and are a breach of Myanmar’s fragile ceasefire, jeopardizing the country’s ongoing peace process.

Burma’s Disappointing New Investment Law

A new investment law has been rushed through Burma’s Parliament, with the Upper House giving its approval on Oct. 6. According to the Myanmar Investment . . .

Aye Khaing Win (Myanmar)

Aye Khaing Win was born in Let Yet San, a village surrounded by orchards and rice paddies 20 kilometers south of Myanmar’s capital city of Yangon.  He grew up, met his wife, and started a family there.  In 1996, the government confiscated many Thilawa residents’ land.  Because they did not develop it, however, families continued to legally farm and live on the land.   

Even as Myanmar (Burma) Sanctions Are Lifted, Transparency Rules Must Be Kept

President Obama, hosting Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, pledged today to lift all remaining sanctions on the country. We don't take a position on . . .